Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 139
Gots: 88 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ricke on 01-21-2010

"Black Damnation II is yet another blend with the use of Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen. This time even more complex than BD I.

50% of Black Albert was used that matured for a while on whole coffee beans out of a craft Columbian coffee plantation. 25% of H &V was used that aged for 6 months on JD barrels. Another 25% of Cuvée Delphine was used."
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Ratings: 346 | Reviews: 160
Photo of joemochas
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Way thinner than the appearance and smell would tell you. Tasty, but i was it was thicker bodied.

Photo of AlexFields
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2010 bottle, first batch in 33cl bottle. Too old for coffee but still good.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared last night at Umberto's tasting. '12 vintage.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a half inch head, not a whole lot in that department, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells a lot like Jack Daniels, honestly- that portion of the blend really stands out. I also get a good amount of creamy coffee and sweet chocolate.

For me, this is a big step up from regular Black Albert. I don't get a whole lot of the big dark sweet fruit flavor that Black Albert provides in spades, it's still pretty sweet though, creamy sweet chocolate, and iced coffee with sweet vanilla creamer come through very strongly. The booze doesn't show all that strongly, which is nice, and probably a product of the beer's age.

This has an unbelievably creamy and smooth mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation. This is really, really drinkable.

I'm not entirely sure if this is worth the $42 price tag, but it's definitely tasty, and you can tell a lot of work when into creating this one.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite boozy but has a nice mix of cocoa and coffee qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a mocha (of course) colored head; stickage is not great for a Belgian style but it does settle down to an archipelago; lots of dotty lace, however

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and cherry tones

Taste: Fruity, out the outset, with a melange of date, prune, cherry and currant flavors; coffee tones build in the middle, along with a developing dark chocolate character; somewhat boozy, after the swallow, with oak, Bourbon and vanilla tones developing; a nice blend of all the flavors brings home the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; a very typical Belgian stout mouthfeel

Overall: A wonderful blend of flavors; very complex and a worthy beer from this great brewery

Photo of kevanb
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%

750ml silkscreen bottle poured into a De Struise Black Damnation tasting glass. Enjoyed on 8.30.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick, opaque texture with a finger or so of caramel head, thick but with some larger loose bubbles that has decent retention and leaves some spots of lace. The aroma is of coffee, rich chocolate, dark malted grain, bourbon, stone fruits and some subtle but interesting belgian yeast. The flavors match well, nice roasted coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, mild bourbon and oak, pitted stone fruits, licorice, molasses, rich grains but with some chalky and ashy characteristics at the finish, light fruity yeast components as well. It's really complex which I like and it definitely evolves well as the beer warms to room temperature. The body is very lively, coating and rich, but bubbly with higher than expected carbonation that finishes really easily.


Verdict: A very delicious stout from De Struise, certainly a Mocha Bomb with plenty of coffee and chocolate that brings out many other interesting complexities. The higher than expected carbonation did throw me for a bit, but it doesn't take away from the beer too much. As a side note, the leftovers of this bottle were reduced with garlic and onion for a BBQ sauce that turned out quite well.

Photo of thegerm87
2.25/5  rDev -46.6%

From a 750mL, screen-printed bottle on 8/22/14

*bottle gushed significantly when opened

A - besides the extreme light brown foam emanating from the top of the bottle, it looks decent. Very dark, mid-bodied look. Settles to a steady head

S - chalk, penny candy, artificial blackberry, licorice, roasted malt. Smells like I don't want to drink it

T - licorice, bitter roasted malt, styrofoam. Not finishing this pour.

M - thin and watery. Definitely not what I expected from a 13% imperial stout

O - this was severely disappointing - nearly undrinkable.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.28.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge dark tan head with good retention.

S - Strong coffee and chocolate.

T - Silky smooth coffee and chocolate. Tastes like a candy bar.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Amazingly good. Smooth and silky. Great flavors.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serves in a snifter at Ale Arsenal.

A: Black. No head. Reddish edges but opaque.

S: It smells sour, wine-like.

T/M: It tastes completely different. Booze, vanilla, hints of roasted coffee, grapey finish. Rather thin bodied, especially for the ABV.

O: Delicious, but not exceptional. I wouldn't have another, but it's definitely interesting.

Photo of barczar
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, opaque brown with garnet highlights and a lingering, frothy cappuccino head.

Vinous notes dominate the aroma, with tart cherries and balsamic accompanying toasted nuts and a hint of chocolate.

Sweet, nutty, lightly toasted malt turns slightly roasted and bitter at the finish, with underlying subtle notes of cherries adding complexity. Phenolic compounds surface in the finish. Mocha doesn't really resonate.

Body is thick and rich, with minimal carbonation and subtle alcohol warmth.

Not as mocha dominant as expected. Very complex beer, well executed. Excellent balance of vinous fruit and toast.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ridiculously decadent and brashingly distinctive, The Mocha Bomb version of Black Damnation slices right through its own viscosity with daggers of complexity that keep its roasted character from running a muck.

As the heady ale layers in the glass, its cascading effect leaves an onyx-black body that sinks with a mirror-like sheen and the dimmest of garnet low lights ribboning about its margins. As its ember-stained lather rises, it does so with supreme staying power and then trails with broken lace.

Intense aromas abound as the scent of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate and light campfire are obviously expected. But the rise of all things vinous tartness, sweet cream, burnt sugar and spicy oak speak a brandy-like tone to complement the roasty-toasy melange.

As its lavish sweetness weaves onto the taste buds, full saturation of malty molasses, burnt caramel and heavy whipping cream all align to give impressions of burnt marshmallow. As wood tones take hold, the drunken fruits of blackberry, currant, cherry and grape seem to offer up an tangy merlot flavor. Yet its espresso finish invites the taste of bitter chocolate, toast and walnut in similar fashion to chocolate covered espresso beans.

Its full body is creamy and rich in texture. Its structure remaining in tact through the taste, it only waivers in deep finish when spicy brandy-like warmth and powdery oaken tannin balance the sweetness and close the session with a mild semblance to drinkability.

The flavors inside are immeasurable- description terms can go on forever, however its the equal parts coffee, cream and barrel that keeps the mouth returning to the snifter much quicker than is suggested.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.42/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from the local shop popped right after an infected BD3: Black Mes. This one is another gusher. Pours pitch black with a small mocha colored head into my mini snifter. A somewhat metallic aroma with cardboard, roasty chocolate, and, yes, more sour apple as in the Black Mes. F this. Flavor is sour apple cardboard with no trace of coffee, and maybe just a hint of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with lowish carbonation but on the thinner side relative to what was expected. This seems both infected with bacteria and a good bit oxidized. Complete garbage. Sad face.

Photo of megahurts4
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

De Struise Black Damnation II

Appearance: very dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: old dirty mocha coffee.

Taste: chocolate and strong dark roast coffee.

Mouthfeel: heavy and strong.

Overall:
This is immensely powerful in flavor. If you like black coffee, you will enjoy this. I do. It is unique, and you must try it.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from Kulminator. Vintage 2009. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a De Struise chalice.

A-Black. Black. Black. Thick steady mocha head that doesn't leave.

S-Coffee, chocolate, pine, light bourbon. No booze. Intense coffee.

T-Coffee, bitter chocolate, light bourbon. No booze whatsoever.

M-Ample carbonation, medium body, no booze.

O-Incredible coffee stout. Tons of chocolate and coffee with a hint of bourbon. Easily the best coffee stout I've ever had!

Photo of spicelab
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL Bottle purchased in Brussels September 2010, so either 2010 or 2009 vintage. Shared with MrKennedy and mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Deep black with an a sizable tan head, not overly dense, which falls busily to a collar.

Nose has some palpably sweet elements offset by some dry coffee and pungent toastiness. The sweet contingent deals out candy floss, cherry ripe and red apple mainly. Quite unorthodox for a stout, but that's probably down to the Belgian yeast strain.

Toffee apple, sweet dark fruits, plums, fairy floss and some bright charry roast. Great flavour profile and quite sweet overall, but with a dry toasty edge.

Medium bodied with busy but silky carbonation. Super light for 12%.

Lovely stout which has mellowed nicely with age.

Photo of MikeReserva
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Several times on bottle, this time at home.

Appearance - Pitch black beer with a creamy, beige head that sticks around for a while. Doesn't disappear completely.

Smells - Brilliant. Tons of coffee that overwhelms a subtle scent of bourbon and dark chocolate.

Taste - Absolute perfection. Much like it's smell. Lots of complex dark espresso coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, oak and a hint of dark fruits. This beer is darkness itself. Taste is very, very strong and lasts very very long. Alcohol perfectly hidden.

Mouthfeel - Quite thick, very pleasant, very great.

Overall - Best Stout I've ever had. It's a class on it's own, unique, extreme yet so bloody good. In fact my favourite beer to date. Brilliant, everyone who enjoys imperial stouts must try this one for sure, if you can get your hands on this one.

Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to black13 for this treat. Another one consumed while camping last weekend.

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a big 3 fingers of thick, creamy light brown head.

Smell. Sweet creamy coffee, some dark chocolate and a bit of dark roasted malt. Very nice.

Taste. Big coffee flavour, fairly sweet, dark roasted (almost smokey) malts, caramel, and some bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Just a ton of coffee and the perfect sweetness for the flavours. Only complaint would be a slightly fuller body.

Photo of Beerandboards
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

A - inky black with an enormous amount of loose tab foam. 3-4 inches. Takes at least a couple minutes to dissipate. Actually takes a while to pour due to the amount of head. Pretty impressive.

S - baking chocolate, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate

T - leads with bitter dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Really rich blend of flavors. Very very well done.

M - the carb is higher than I'm used to in this type of beer, but can't say it's bad, just unusual. Thick and rich feel.

O - this is a high quality beer to be sure. A lot of flavors and presentations that I've seen before, but not in the well put together manner like they are here. All of the coffee chocolate and bourbon barrel are there, but they all work together well. Really nice beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gord for this bottle.

A - Dark ink black with one finger of medium brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Massive coffee aroma up front with some chocolate notes also present. Fairly one dimensional nose.

T - Sweet, syrupy taste at first that immediately gives way to a bitter roast presence that provides good balance. Coffee, cocoa, molasses and roast are the dominant flavours. The bourbon barrel shows up in the background adding bourbon and toasted oak flavours with a hint of vanilla. Remarkably drinkable for 12%.

M - Full body. Thick and sludgy. Light carbonation.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours an absolutely oily black color forming a big bubbled and creamy beige head. Good retention but only few lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet and roastd malts, mainly, with special touch of wood, dark chocolate and coffee. A bit fruity and a little bit spicy too. Some earthy yeasts. Damn good in the nose

T: Just perfect. Slightly sweet upfront. Strong taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Very woody. A bit spicy. Great bitterness. Excellent bittersweet balance

M: Heavy creamy and molasses perfect body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet roasted and coffee aftertaste

O: Perfect drinkability. Perfect beer. The best of the three BD I've had so far

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Lawson's sniffer

A: pours dark brown to black with small mocha head completely opaque dark as night

S: definitely a smell of coffee but not pungent also smells smooth, rich, and maybe roasted malt smells like a stout for sure.

T: the first thing I taste is sweetness and even hints of dark fruit which is not bad but somewhat surprising. The coffee flavor is there however, not strong but there. There is some bitterness and roasted flavor but the fruit is what really comes out in the end. It's tasty but not as advertised maybe from the BA parts being dominant flavor because there was some alcohol whisky oak flavor so i guess its not balanced but like said not bad

M: it is smooth and oily with no carbonation. It's thick but not chewy but an alcohol burn

O: first if all why this is called mocha bomb is beyond me there is very subtle coffee flavors the main flavor with dark fruit like figs which isn't bad a little over powering but nothing as advertised not bad but not great and I don't understand the concept

Photo of haz77
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hard pour yields a jet black liquid and three fingers of fizzy dark tan head. This drops to a thin cap over the course of a minute. Most of the floaties were kept in the bottle.

S - Coffee (surprise surprise), dark chocolate, bourbon, molasses, sweet bready malts, prune, raisin, light plasticky phenols.

T - The booze is more apparent in this De Struise than many of their other dark beers. Alcohol warmth can be detected almost immediately, pervading the length of the drink and leaving its glow in the throat in the aftertaste. Caramel, chocolate and light medicinal phenols move into even sweeter dark sugar in the middle. The smoky flavour of bourbon is lingering in the background along with dark fruit. A fine tobacco and molasses aftertaste. Nice transition of flavours.

M - Once the fizzyness of the carbonation subsides a medium mouthfeel, verging on full persists. Solid, if not quite up to the exceptional standard of their quads.

D - A good all-round performer with no obvious weak area. Would have preferred the boozy element to be better masked.

Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours an oily black with a smooth milk chocolate head.

S: Very strong coffee in the aroma, along with some vague notes of cherry, chocolate, and that characteristic Black Albert roasted malt. One of the strongest coffee aromas in a beer I've smelled in a while.

T: Coffee dominates in the taste as well, but not quite as much. Dark beans, bitter chocolate, mildly tart dark fruit and roast, some barrel heat.

M: Very thick with pervasive carbonation. Creamy yet a bit frothy.

O: The name of this beer doesn't lie...I quiver to think what this would be like without the CD and H&V blended in. Pretty good.

Photo of AdamBear
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-thick dark motor oil with a big brown head. looks absolutely perfect. be careful pouring! it'll seem like it comes out too thick to build a head, but it'll build up real quick

S-smells like a mocha bomb indeed. rich on the chocolate and the coffee. the smell is so rich and strong. has to be one of the best smelling beers ever. the smells is quite raw, as if its real cocoa beans and coffee beans rather than just the flavoring.

T-this. beer. is. amazing. it comes in with a great taste of taste of raw coffee and cocoa beans and a slight bitterness. the after-taste has more cocoa to it. it has a good belgian dog breath rawness towards the end as well.

M-comes in with a heavy creamy carbonation with a nice dry finish

O-its a lot better in the beginning. the problem is that the flavors are so strong that after the first few sips, the flavors start to mesh together. it doesn't taste strong at all, but it certainly does hit like a brick wall. this is a world class stout, among the very best. I am SO glad it comes in such a small bottle.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Best by 9/2015.

Appearance - Viscous black with an ample mocha head. It gets quite murky in the end. Must be a lot of chunks in this guy.

Smell - Lots of coffee. Not much else coming through. Acidic coffee. Like an overbrewed pot of coffee. It honestly isn't that appealing.

Taste - Bright coffee flavor up front with a nice milk chocolate malt behind it. Tingly alcohol, but it isn't boozy. I wonder if that's the barrels they talk about. I get almost no barrel character or whiskey flavor, just a little bit of oak.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and hardly boozy for 12%, which I kinda don't believe. This is thick and viscous, but nary a hint of alcohol to it besides that little tingle.

Overall - Lots of coffee that masks almost all of the beer aroma and a fair bit of the flavor. Impressive mouthfeel, though. Well crafted in that respect and even pretty tasty, if you like a coffee bomb of a stout.

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Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.